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Jan. 8, 1963
Filed Nov. 4, 1960
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U?itsd Statement Q??ss U
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and in spaced relation therein to con?ne the eyelet on v
the camera on said cross arm.-
The novel features that I consider characteristic of
my invention are set forth with particularity in the ap
pended claims. The invention itself, however, both as
to‘ its organization and its model of operation, together
with‘ additional objects and advantages thereof, will best
William H. Horton, Rochester, N.Y., assignor to Eastman
Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y., a corporation of‘
New Jersey
, Patented. Jan-r. 8, 1.953
which it lies substantially in the plane of said cross arm
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Filed Nov. 4,- 1960, Ser. No. 67,333
4 Claims. (Cl. 24-265)
be understood when read in connection with the ac“
The present invention relates to a ‘clip for detachably' 10 companying drawings in which:
connecting a carrying strap to suitable eyelets or rings
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of a well known type
?xed to a camera body.
of box camera showing a carrying strap connected to an
It is well known to provide photographic cameras, or
eyelet on one end thereof by an attaching clip constructed
their ?eld cases,‘ with ?exible carrying straps by means of
in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present
which the camera can be carried. Said carrying straps 15 invention;
are generally placed around the neck of the user when
FIG. 2 is an enlarged perspective view of the attaching
using the camera so that when the camera is ‘released it lies
clip per se;
against the user’s chestv thus leaving his hands free. By
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken substantially on line
virtue of this use such straps are sometimes called neck
3-6 of FIG. 2-,
These carrying, or neck, straps are generally made from
a ?exible material, i.e., leather or woven fabric,-a'nd are
attached to‘ the camera, or its ?eld case, by means of
clips or rings permanently attached to‘the ends thereof
FIG.- 4 is an enlarged perspective view showing how
the straight arm of the attaching clip’ is bent transversely
to permit the cross arm thereof to be slipped into or out
of the eyelet of‘ the camera body; and
FIG, 5 is an enlarged perspective view of another
which are adapted to‘ engage eyelets‘ oi- r'ings attached 25 modi?cation of the attaching clip‘ designed for attachment
to‘ the opposed sides or ends of the camera body,- or its
to a ring or other. type of connecting member on a
?eld case. Since it is conventional practice to’ supply the
camera or other member‘, which is more narrow than the
carrying straps with the camera or its ?eld case, the clips
eyelet' which the preferred modi?cation of the clip is
or rings on the carrying strap have been of a type which
designed to engage.
was more or less permanently attached to. the eyelets‘ or
Referring now to FIGS‘. l-4, the present. attaching clip
rings on the camera body and were not readily removed
is designed for detachable connection to an- eyelet 1G
therefrom except through the use of special tools or pliers
molded as an integral part of a plastic body of a well
and which operation required a deformation of the clip or
known box camera 11 having a- lens mount 12'. This
ring- which, if repeated many times, would‘ permanently
camera body 11 is molded in two parts, a front part 13
damage or destroy the clip. It is known that conventional
and a rear part 14, and one-half of the eyelet 10 is formed
‘snap clips, which work on the principle of the safety pin,
at the top of an upstanding rib‘ 15 integral with each
have been used for the purpose of detachably connecting
camera part so that'- when the camera parts are assembled
a strap, or‘ other similar member‘, to an eyelet or ring, but
the two parts of the eyelet are‘ aligned to' form a single
such snap clips are relatively expensive to“ construct,
eyelet of substantial width, having a hole 17 extending
cumbersome in appearance,‘ and di-?icult to‘, operate‘ it '
completely therethrough‘as shown in FIG. 4. The camera
made 'suf?cien‘tly small- to be neat in appearance, ,
parts are‘ held in assembled relation with. a metal clip 16
In the sale‘ of very inexpensive cameras, boxl cameras
which embraces and is clinched over the ‘rib 15 on‘ each
of the type made for the premium trade, it has‘ been
camera part andv overlies the surface of the eyelet 10. This‘
found desirable to supply thelcamera without a carrying
clip‘ 16“ is' shown in FIG.- 1, hence the reason, why the
strap in order to keep the‘ price of the camera to a 45 dividing line between the- camera parts docsn’t show the
minimum. Since the carrying straps‘ for these inexpen
full. height of the camera body, but the clip’ is omitted in
sive cameras are to be supplied as a: separate accessory, it
was necessary toprovide such straps with attaching clips
which would permit the purchaser to readily attach the
FIG. 4: Since the manner in' which the camera parts are
formed and‘ assembled are of no signi?cance to the pres”
ent invention; except to‘ show that they eyelet 10, which
same to suitable eyelets provided on- the camera body 50 the attaching clip of the present invention is adapted to
for this, purpose. By the same token, since these attaching
engage, is of substantial width‘, only so much‘ of the same
clips form a part of a carrying strap which must be- very
has» been described as to point out the size and shape of
inexpensive, they must be of such a design as to add a
the eyelet.‘
For a more detailed- descriptionv of this
minimum cost to the carryingv strap.
camera construction reference to cope‘n'ding application
Accordingly, the primary object of the present invention 55 Serial No. 737,447, ?led May 23, 1958-, now Patent No.
isgto provide an attaching clip for a camera carrying strap
3,003,229 can be-had.
which isvery inexpensive to manufacture and can be
readily attached to, and disconnected from, the eyelets or
other attaching member of a camera body by the purchaser
without the need of any tools.
A further object of the invention is to provide an at
Referring now to FIG. 2, a- preferred embodiment of
an attaching clip 20 constructed in accordance with the
60 present invention is preferably made from thin metal and
includes an anchor portion 21 in the form of a 'U which
can be clinched over, or otherwise permanently attached
to, one end of a carrying strap S which may be made of
taching clip of the type mentioned which can be stamped
from a single piece of metal in one operation.
a ?exible material, ie.., woven fabric, leather, etc. If the
And yet another object is to provide an attaching clip
clip is stamped from a sheet of thin metal, the turned
of the type mentioned which comprises a substantially
down wings 22 of the anchor portion will originally lie
rigid \L-shaped arm extending from an anchor portion
?at in the plane of the clip and will be subsequently turned
adapted to be permanently connected to the carrying
down, as shown, to provide a means for attaching the
strap, the cross arm of said L-shaped portion being
clip to the ends of the carrying strap. Extending from
adapted to be inserted through the eyelet on the camera
one side of the anchor portion 21 is an arm 23, the lower
body when a resilient arm, also extending from the anchor
portion of which is L-shaped and the cross arm 24 of
portion, is bent transversely from its normal position in
.which is long enough to extend completely, or sub
stantially, through the hole 17 of the eyelet 10. Extend
ing from the other side of the anchor portion 21 is a
second arm 25 which is long enough to extend across the
end of the cross arm 24 but which is spaced slightly there
from as shown at 26. The clip should be made of a
resilient material so that arm 25 can be manually bent
transversely out of alignment with the end of cross arm
Although I have shown and described certain embodi
ments of an attaching clip constructed in accordance
with preferred forms of my invention, I am fully aware
that many modi?cations thereof are possible. My in
vention, therefore, is not to be limited to the precise
details shown and described but is intended to cover all
modi?cations coming within the scope of the appended
Having thus disclosed my invention, what I claim is
the eyelet 10, see FIG. 4. After the cross arm 24 is in
serted into eyelet 10, the arm 25 will snap back to its 10 new and novel and desire to secure by Letters Patent of
the United States is:
normal position in the plane of cross arm 24 and prevent
1. An attaching clip for detachably connecting a carry
said cross arm from being withdrawn from, or inserted
ing strap to a rigid eyelet on a camera body, or the like,
into, the eyelet.
and comprising a U-shaped anchor portion the arms of
Since the L-shaped arm 23, including cross arm 24, is
which are adapted to be clinched around the end of said
relied upon to support the Weight of the camera, it should
strap to permanently fasten said anchor portion thereto;
be fairly rigid. To this end the arm 23, along with cross
a rigid, substantially L-shaped arm having the end of its
arm 24, is embossed longitudinally of their length as
leg integral with and extending from one side of the
shown at 28, and this strengthens this part against both
cross member of said anchor portion and its cross arm
transverse bending and a tensile stress in its own plane.
spaced from and substantially parallel to the cross mem
Looking at FIGS. 2 and 4, it will be seen that since arm
ber of said anchor portion and adapted to extend through
25 lies outside the eyelet 10 it is 'an easy matter for one
and form a pivotal support for said eyelet; a second arm
to manually grasp the arm near its end and bend it
24 to permit arm 24 to be inserted into or removed from
transversely forward or backward out of the plane of
having one end integral with and extending from the
cross arm 24 to permit the cross arm to be inserted into or
other side of the cross member of said anchor portion in
removed from the eyelet 10.
Because of the width of the eyelet 10, the overall width
of the eyelet engaging portion of the attaching clip is
greater than the width of the anchor portion 21 so that
said cross arm but spaced therefrom by an amount to con
arms 23 and 25 are shown connected to the anchor portion
by outwardly ?ared portions 30 and 31, respectively.
Should the part to which this attaching clip is adapted to
be detachably connected be narrow, such as a ring 32
spaced relation with the leg of said L-shaped arm and
terminating in an end which normally lies in the plane of
?ne said eyelet from movement o? said cross arm when
the latter is inserted through said eyelet; said second arm
being resilient in a direction transversely of said cross
arm to allow it to be ?exed in this direction and out of the
plane of said cross arm to permit slipping of said cross
arm into and out of said eyelet for attaching and detach
shown in FIG. 5, then the corresponding arms 23' and 25'
of the attaching clip could extend straight down vfrom the 35 ing, respectively, the carrying strap to and from said
sides of the anchor portion 21' so that the overall width of
the attaching clip is substantially the same throughout and
substantially the width of the carrying strap to which it
2. An attaching clip according to claim 1, wherein said
L-shaped arm and said second arm, in their entirety,
normally lie in a single plane.
is anchored. Inasmuch as the embodiment of the attach
3. An attaching clip according to claim 1, wherein said
ing clip 20' shown in FIG. 5 differs from that shown in 40
clip is formed from a single piece of thin metal, and said
FIGS. 1-4 only in the shape and/ or size of the respective
L-shaped arm being reinforced to give it rigidity against
parts, corresponding parts in the FIG. 5 embodiment
movement in all directions, and particularly in a direction
have been designated by the same reference character
transversely of its own plane.
primed (').
4. An attaching clip according to claim 3 wherein said
From the above description it will. be appreciated that
L-shaped arm is reinforced by being embossed longi
I have invented an attaching clip for carrying straps which
can be manually attached and detached relative to an
eyelet or ring on the member to be carried without re
quiring the use of any tools or without requiring the
permanent deformation of the clip, or a part thereof,
which if repeated enough times would destroy the same.
Furthermore, this clip, while very inexpensive to manu
facture, is very strong and neat in appearance. While I
prefer to stamp this clip from a sheet of thin, resilient
metal in one operation, it is conceivable that it could be 55
molded from a plastic material which would be ?exible in
a direction transverse to its plane to permit the required
?exing of arm 25 or its equivalent for detachably con
necting the clip to an eyelet, but su?‘iciently rigid in a
direction in its plane to support the weight of a part to
which it might be connected,
tudinally substantially throughout its length.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Tilden _______________ .. Mar. 16, 1875
Melendy _____________ __ Mar. 16, 1880
Freysinger ____________ .__ Nov. 8, 1927
Hagel ________________ .... June 4, 1929
Brooks ______________ __ Dec. 1, 1931
Lippstadt ____________ __ Nov. 1, 1932
Dinhofer ____________ __ July 30, 1935
Roof ________________ __ Nov. 8, 1938
Johnson ______________ __ Apr. 20, 1954
Grais _______________ __ Feb. 12, 1957
Legman ______________ __ Mar. 10, 1959
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